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TV Tonight: American Idol Is Back!

I know this will sound a little doomsday-ish of me, but lately it's hard to shake the feeling that each new season could potentially be American Idol's last. There's always some foreboding sign that the end is near: bad ratings buzz (though even when it's down, it's still been bigger than anything else on TV), rumors that Paula has totally lost her mind is leaving the show, the departure of executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the simple fact that few shows ever go beyond eight seasons, etc.

So I'm greeting tonight's return of Idol with joy and relief. The Idol powers that be are always promising improvements, but this year a lot of things are being changed up, including a return to the wild card round, a longer Hollywood Week, and adding a new fourth judge. It seems to me that if these things don't make the this-could-be-the-end vibes go away, nothing will, so I'm curious to see how it turns out.

Are you ready for a new season of American Idol? Do you think a fourth judge will make a difference? What part of the show are you most looking forward to? I personally want to see if any of the San Francisco hopefuls I hung out with make it on the air!

The Phoenix auditions kick things off tonight. For a reminder of how American Idol spins dreams into a reality for a destined few plus a couple of other promo clips for season eight, just

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I am actually excited for this season...I think the new judge is a great addition. I don't really like the audition episodes so I'm glad it will be a bit shorter this year.
bebehaul24 bebehaul24 8 years
i usually watch just eh audition shows but i doubt I'll even watch those this year! that picture is horrible! is it just me or is it really blurry? i think i need to get my eyes checked. And yeah, Paula definitely wore her nightie to the shoot...not a good look!
bebehaul24 bebehaul24 8 years
i usually watch just eh audition shows but i doubt I'll even watch those this year! that picture is horrible! is it just me or is it really blurry? i think i need to get my eyes checked. And yeah, Paula definitely wore her nightie to the shoot...not a good look!
Deidre Deidre 8 years
*yawn*
Deidre Deidre 8 years
*yawn*
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Should be interesting!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Should be interesting!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yay, more auditions to mock! But I always lose interest once the auditions are over.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I won't be watching. Although, man, it would be nice to see the return of Brian Dunkleman, I liked he so much more than Seacrest during American Idol's first season...those were the days!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I like the actual hollywood rounds, I am not a fan of this BS watch the bad auditions and make fun of people.
LisaK LisaK 8 years
I never watched it until last year when a writers strike left me with nothing else to watch. I fell hard for David Cook (still can't believe I met him :faint: ) I am not sure if anyone IMO can live up to that, but I will definitely be watching again.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Oh how I love to hate this show--and I know I'll watch any way!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i've never been a HUGE fan of the show but i might tune in since there's really not all that much on TV on Tuesdays anymore. we'll see how having a new judge impacts things. i saw her on Letterman or something last night...
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
What is Paula in that picture? Is that a pea-green nightie? Oiy!
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